Being at home sick is no fun. This is especially so for those who thrive on being up and about, and being busy. For those with high-powered jobs, with many responsibilities and people who work underneath them, you can feel guilty to have a day off and not be doing anything. It can be difficult to relax and do nothing. Being at home during the day can drive them crazy because they would normally be out. It can bring on feelings of being out-of-sorts and a bit of an invalid.
However, being at home presents lots of possibilities to amuse yourself. After all, you are ill so you deserve to relax and mix things up a bit from your usual routine. You might as well enjoy yourself or be a bit productive to stop yourself from going stir-crazy. You wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do so and you have a valid excuse to do so. So below are a few things to amuse yourself at home when sick:
1: Catch Up On Tasks
Without doing too much to push yourself, use the day off to do a few things around the house that you’ve been putting off. These can be weekly tasks like laundry or ironing, or paying bills but perhaps it’s a good time to do things you’ve had put aside for a while, like sewing. However, if you’re taking any medication which can make you drowsy, avoid using machinery like the iron or sewing machine. You don’t want to injure yourself further and take more time off in a worse condition.
2: Bad TV/ Daytime TV
It’s not exactly the most enthralling line-up of the day but daytime TV has a fluffy quality that doesn’t require you to think. You can actually watch all those things they promote early on which you otherwise miss out when you leave for work. Television that you don’t have to think about goes down well if you’ve got a headache. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in a TV show for the whole day and catch up on the latest hit show which your friends have been talking about. If you find a particularly addictive show you can pass a day very quickly.
3: Treat Yourself With Food
If you can hold down food and do have an appetite, make the most of the day and treat yourself with some indulgent foods. Ice cream is good for tonsils anyway; though be careful that you don’t go too far and end up being sick which is worse. It’s best to balance treats with some foods that are good for you when sick, like soup. Again, it’s probably a good opportunity to take and order food in to avoid having to cook which no one really wants to do when ill.
If you live on a main road or have interesting neighbours, people-watching is always a fun game to play even when on your own. You don’t have to do anything but sit and stare from the comfort of your bed/home. Rather addictive, you can get quite engrossed in what others are doing. It’s like a real, reality tv show on your road. It’s a simple way to pass the time and you’ll be exposed to a host of characters you would otherwise miss when at work.
5: 4 Day Week
Taking the day off means that you only have a four day week. If on the Wednesday, you break up the week nicely into two chunks. If on a Monday or Friday, you can enjoy a three-day weekend. Make the most of the latter by staying up late and watching all those films you usually have to miss out on because of your early start the next day. Every little that makes the week that bit more bearable.
Paul spent a lot of time at home ill when at school so would come up with ways to amuse himself. He is currently working with a company that specialise in wellbeing and health, and are in the middle of a particularly busy period with the cold season approaching; products like herbal remedies for a cold (such as king of bitters) are currently popular for those wishing to resist getting ill in the first place.